Posts tagged: ethics panel
Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is being investigated by a group of his peers
on a House Ethics Committee regarding his actions in using his status as
a state lawmaker to avoid legal proceedings associated with recent tax
woes. That panel, called for by House Minority Leader Rep. John Rusche,
D-Lewiston, is being aided in the process by Brian Kane, a deputy
assistant in the attorney general’s office. Hart told IdahoReporter.com
recently that Kane’s presence advising the panel is a conflict of
interest and a breach of constitutional protocol because one of the
agencies in litigation with Hart also uses legal counsel from the
attorney general’s office/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Idaho Reporter photo of Phil Hart)
Question: Hmm. Hart may have a point here. What do you think?
Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, in his first public comment since House Speaker Lawerence Denney said yesterday he’d appoint an ethics committee to investigate Hart’s conduct, sent a guest opinion to newspapers this afternoon defending his fight against income taxes, but making no mention of his use of legislative privilege in his fight, his service on the House Revenue & Taxation Committee while he pressed his fight, or the pending ethics action, which is aimed at those two matters. Hart’s op-ed piece (click below to read it in full) focuses on his legal challenge to the federal income tax, including a quote from a lawyer who he said called his challenge “brilliant legal work;” his subsequent problems with an IRS audit; and his concerns about revealing the names of those who bought his book, “Constitutional Income”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: What do you make of this latest development?